5 Ways to STOP Obsessive Thoughts After Narcissistic Abuse
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
Oh my Queens. This one’s a hard one. These obsessive thoughts. I have so many clients come to me with this. I went through this. I remember not being able to concentrate at work. Literally having to go to the bathroom and be like, okay, get it together. Focus, because of my narcissistic situation inside of it. And even after we disconnected, it almost became worse in a different way, even though I was actually the one who broke it off with the narcissist. So cozy up, get a little drink, let’s hang out. Let’s talk about how to stop these obsessive thoughts, how to help stop them. We can’t stop them immediately right away, but there are a lot of ways to do that. Also, the podcast episode before this is more about why we have these obsessive thoughts, especially after a narcissistic, abusive situation. So check that out either now or, or save it and listen to it later. Stay tuned for five glorious ways to help us with these obsessive thoughts.
Speaker 1: (01:06)
Hey, Queens, welcome to, but still she thrives. Do you wanna stop getting caught up in that wicked web of a creepy crawling narcissist? Do you find yourself up late at night replaying the abuse you put up with and wondering how you can heal now? Do you wake up hoping for healthy relationships and peace only to feel totally exhausted and mind effed? Girl, I see you. I’m Christy. I too had to disconnect from toxic people in my life, and I wished I could undo the damage I felt ashamed, lonely, and kind of lost. But I’m a stubborn Italian and I refuse to give up. I found ways to recalibrate my mind and body more quickly than I thought and can now share them with you. In this podcast, you’ll find coping tools, healing methods, and confidence boosters so you can trust yourself and find peace and freedom. So, shields up ladies, let’s go protect our peace.
Speaker 1: (02:03)
All right? So first of all, remember, give yourself grace and patience with this process. Nothing is overnight, but it is possible to undo this damage and find peace and freedom from narcissistic abuse. So the first thing I’m gonna say, and this is one that helped me earlier on in the journey, especially when I had to just get out of my head immediately, and that is changing your environment. And it sounds simple, but you’ve gotta stir up that motivation to do it. First of all, you can’t do it without doing it, but change your environment. I would literally go outside, like I said, even if I was at work, if I couldn’t get outta my head, I would be like, all right. Hmm. Taking a little elevator ride down to the first floor and going outside, just shaking it off, saying, you know, saying hi to people, even in the lobby of my office, whatever, kind of distracted my brain a little bit to break the the cycle.
Speaker 1: (02:59)
So changing your actual environment, especially if you have time, you can go and hang out in nature. You can go for a run, pick up the phone, call a friend. Don’t talk about the narc though. You’ve gotta make decisions and choices too, right? So change your environment and change. Change the thoughts, right? Like decide to talk about something else. If you are going to call someone or watch a funny show, like I said, get out, go to a store. I feel like it’s a lot easier to get into our heads and really spiral down if we are sitting in our home alone in a quiet space, right? And over time we will have to find other coping mechanisms. But in the very beginning, that was something super helpful and it’s something I still use today. I mean, in general with life stresses, that is one of my go-to things, is to get outside, do something healthier than sitting in my little brain full of crazy thoughts.
Speaker 1: (03:58)
Okay, number two, practicing mindfulness. If you’ve been following me, you know, I’m a big fan for a reason of all the meditation, yin yoga specifically. Um, it’s a practice that involves paying attention to the present moment, right? So by focusing on the present moment, you may be able to reduce the power of those intrusive thoughts related to the past abuse or current abuse. You may be listening to this if you are currently in this situation as well. So I’m trying to address everybody. Um, mindfulness practices can include the meditation, deep breathing, you know, breath work and yoga. Number three is using grounding techniques. So these can help you feel more connected again to the present moment and less overwhelmed by those thoughts. Some of these include breath work, right? It’s the same sort of thing. It’s it’s mindfulness, but it also is a physical activity that’s going to ground you focusing on physical sensations.
Speaker 1: (05:01)
And I do this and talk about this with my clients. I even do this with my eight year old daughter. When she’s a little, she gets a little anxiety, especially, she’s kind of a perfectionist. Anybody relate, anyone have perfectionism or kids that have perfectionism? Um, so sometimes with her schoolwork, I mean literally if she gets below a 90%, she, she gets a little anxious. So in the moment we do the sensory activities, which is like I do something like, okay, find something, a red something that’s the color red in the room. And then I want you to shut your eyes and smell. Is there any smell you can pick up? Then we do something with touch, maybe like find a very soft texture in the room or maybe find a, you know, more rough texture. Um, then one of my favorites is because there’s always some sort of noise, even if it’s some sort of room noise or a fan or birds chirping, shutting your eyes.
Speaker 1: (06:02)
And I like to say find two sounds cuz there’s usually more than one. And you can do this and you can repeat this and change it. You know, you can then look for something the color teal, like make it a little tricky. Um, but that is a grounding technique that I really like, um, for any situation. But it does help you get out of that ruminating thought process as well. Number four, self care. If you know me, can you hear my snap? Yes, I’m snapping with excitement. I love self-care, but taking care of yourself can help you feel more empowered and less overwhelmed by the intrusive thoughts. So activities of self-care can include exercise. This is an amazing one. This is why running and for me it’s dancing. I love dance. Um, it’s so therapeutic. You literally are forced to kind of get outta your mind and be paying attention to what you’re doing.
Speaker 1: (07:02)
It’s hard to think as deeply and ruminating while you are engaged in physical activity. So that’s a huge one for me. Again, spending time in nature is taking care of yourself, like getting that sitting in gratitude in nature too, right? Like gratitude is so important in self-care because, and I, and I do practices not just what I’m grateful for and I pray I’m a big God lady. Um, I pray and thank God, but I also practice gratitude for the things I have done. So it could be, what are five things you’re proud of this week, right? So that’s your homework. I’m sticking homework in today. I want you to email me and my email’s always in the show notes, but it’s fierce mama m a m a c gmail.com. I want you to just email me just two. We’re gonna start easy cuz I know this is hard when you’re coming out of abuse, I want you to say two things.
Speaker 1: (07:59)
You’re grateful for that you did, you accomplished your wins. Okay? So email me that this week. Um, so definitely the gratitude, sitting in nature and engaging in any hobbies you enjoy. What’s something maybe you couldn’t do anymore? Maybe you were in a narcissistic situation where you were being controlled or you were having to live for somebody else. You forgot who the hell you were. We’re gonna remind you. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here for you 2.0, that’s my jam, right? Ask any of my clients. Um, we want that 2.0 you that’s like, yes, I am a queen, I know I’m a queen. Even if you don’t feel like that right now, you are going to, if you work with me, oh, you’re gonna feel like a queen lady. And what, where did you lose yourself? What ha what haven’t you done that you loved to do years ago?
Speaker 1: (08:50)
Or maybe just always thought, God, I would love to paint or I would love to knit, or I would love to cook like more, you know, from scratch or bake more, whatever it is. There’s so many freaking hobbies, photography and there’s group courses where you can meet people. So that’s another really good way to nourish and self care. So think about is there a class you can sign up for now that it’s just you and you get to decide to live for just you, you don’t have to worry about someone else and walking on eggshells, what can you do? And despite, maybe it wasn’t a romantic situation or one that had that much control, maybe it was a sibling or a parent that you didn’t live with, but just the dynamic of growing up with that, even in your childhood, you have a different way about you where you can develop people pleasing mentality, right?
Speaker 1: (09:49)
So let’s please ourselves. Okay, that’s a whole other episode. that came out wrong. No, but you know what I mean. What can you do for you now? So also this week try to think about what, what hobby can you pick up? Maybe you can join a class. I’ve gotten emails recently, uh, multiple people saying I inspired them to start doing more for themselves. And that makes me so happy. Keep it up. What can you do for you? Sign up for a yoga class. Sign up for a dance class. I’m gonna be starting in end of June. I am going to be doing a hip hop dance class that actually has a performance at the end of the session. Do you know how queen? I feel , I’m a queen. Oh my gosh, I’m so excited. I’ve done hip hop dance since I was 14 and there were years I did not do that.
Speaker 1: (10:43)
And now I get to get back to it and I am so excited. So yes, so make that part of your to-do list this week. Um, find something where you can really self-care and that includes finding something that you have lost or you never had but have been interested in doing. All right, number five, uh, seek support. I would not be here today without the support of somebody who went through narcissistic abuse. I repeat again, I don’t care if it’s a therapist, I don’t care if it’s a life coach like yours truly, or a support group. Make sure it is somebody who has gone through it. I cannot emphasize that enough. I first went to a therapist that said they knew about narcissistic abuse. I was so excited. I said, oh good. I don’t know. I don’t think everyone knows about it. Uh, we were on session one and it was horrendous.
Speaker 1: (11:48)
It just, it was not a match. And I said, have you been through narcissistic abuse? And he said, no, but I’ve studied it. And I said, well, I think you need to study it more. Which I mean, probably wasn’t the best answer, but I’m feisty Christy, what can I say? Um, I was like, there needs to be a little more studying there because what he actually recommended for me was detrimental. And I knew that I’m very self-aware. I, I dig a lot, I research a lot and I knew what he was telling me to do was not enough and could even be detrimental. So I encourage you to find someone who is familiar but not just familiar, but has gone through this type of abuse. Specifically. I, that being said, in therapy you can do cognitive behavioral therapy and emdr, which stands for eye movement, desensitation and reprocessing.
Speaker 1: (12:40)
So those are successful things that you can do through therapy. Again, I do suggest doing them with someone who is very familiar with an narcissistic abuse and has experienced themselves. Or some of my, actually a lot of my clients are doing therapy like that and then have me wor are working with me to kind of make up for what their therapist isn’t as experienced in. So the therapist might have that emdr, which they can do and they know which, um, thoughts to help work through. But then as far as the narcissistic abuse, specifically, my clients will be working with me to work through that stuff, right? And I do tapping and other, other therapies that can also help people through rewiring those thoughts. So if you do want to truly accelerate your healing path, this is my specialty, I’m running a half off coaching for the month of May.
Speaker 1: (13:36)
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Speaker 1: (14:23)
So I’m in it, I’m really, really in it. So you’re gonna get a lot of value. So you can sign up in my show notes, there will be a link there, um, to schedule your first call. And don’t forget, I also have an epic free meditation if you have not got it. It is a four minute mood boosting meditation you are going to love that is in the show notes as well. So I would love to work with you though. Um, any questions, always feel free to email me and I can’t wait to help you find peace. You deserve it. So remember again that this healing is a process. It’s gonna take time, but be patient kind to yourself as you work through this experience. Remember, you are amazing. You are smart as hell, and you deserve to have a calm and joyful mind. So don’t forget to subscribe. See you in the next episode.
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